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Feb. 21, 2013 Bulldog Sports Round-up

Girls advance in sectional

As the second seed in the Division IV Sectional tournament, the YSHS girls basketball team had little trouble breezing through the first round of play. On Thursday, Feb. 14, Yellow Springs defeated #10 seed James Gamble Montessori School 53–23 at Monroe High School.

With Yellow Springs ahead by 32 points in the fourth quarter, one of Gamble’s five players fouled out, leaving the Gators with four players against Yellow Springs’ five. Gamble went 7–15 in the regular season.

Five-foot-10 senior forward Angela Allen led Yellow Springs (16–7) with a game-high 17 points and 17 rebounds. Kennedy Harshaw finished with 12 points while senior Maryah Martin and Brianna Ayers scored 10 each.

Yellow Springs advance to the second round of the sectional this Thursday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. when they play Xenia Christian, again at Monroe High School.

Boys drop final season games

The YSHS boys varsity basketball team suffered two final season losses at home last weekend, ending their season 11–8, and third in the Metro Buckeye Conference, behind Troy Christian and Miami Valley.

Against league rival Miami Valley on Friday, the Bulldogs found themselves ahead 16–9 at the end of the first quarter. Through loose play, Yellow Springs managed to hold the lead through the halftime, but the team was overcome by missed layups, turnovers and a late-game ressurgence from the Rams, who took the contest 79–66.

On Saturday, Feb. 16, senior night, Yellow Springs took on Bethel and again fought the losing side of an exciting battle. Robbie Jones opened the night with a steal and pass to Roland Newsome who netted the first three points of the evening. Several minutes later the teams were tied when PJ Russell converted a rebound back to the basket to go up 15–13. That was the last time the Bulldogs held the lead. Bethel’s 240-lb forward kept the Bulldogs out of the key while their tallest player found shots from the inside of theirs.

Down 30–24 at the start of the third quarter, Eric Lawhorn caught a loose ball and on his way down swatted it to Jones, who, himself on unsteady feet, handed off to Russell for an easy layup. But their showy moves could not save them from falling behind 50–33 by the end of the period. Bulldog energy improved greatly in the final period, and brought the Bulldogs to within five points of their rivals, but the clock ran out before their run was complete. Bethel took home the 66–59 win.

The junior varsity squad won both of their games against Miami Valley and Bethel.

The varsity team is seeded fourth in the Division IV Sectional tournament. Yellow Springs plays Tri-County North (#9) on Friday, Feb. 22, at 6:30 p.m. at Troy HS. If they win, they play Arcanum (#6) on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 6:30 p.m., again at Troy HS.

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